A Pomegranate-Lime Margarita Is A Simple But Wonderful Thing

A Pomegranate-Lime Margarita Is A Simple But Wonderful Thing
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Sometimes you need to make a change.  A twist on the classic margarita, this pomegranate-lime margarita is absolutely divine. I am a margarita lover, so this post should come as no surprise to my friends.  A classic margarita is delicious, made with fresh lime juice, a good tequila, and nothing artificial added.  But there is lots of room for creativity.  Pomegranate, on the list of superfoods, is a Middle Eastern fruit that proponents claim helps prevent against heart disease, high blood pressure, inflammation, and some type of cancers.  Those are big claims.  While I am not 100% convinced such superfruits are indeed this “super,”–or that you get enough in this drink to improve your health–it is a fruit.  And in my world, things that grow tend to be better than things that are manufactured. pomegranate-lime margarita

Pomegranate season typically runs from October through February.  When selecting pomegranates for eating, you should look for ones that are deep reddish-brown and feel heavy.  Left whole and stored in a refrigerator, pomegranates can last up to 4 weeks.  If you were inspired, you could make your own pomegranate juice–but that may be more work than it’s worth, as well as creating a huge mess.  Pomegranate juice can now be found all over the place from fresh to mass-produced, making this cocktail far more accessible than would have been years ago. The sweet, yet tart pomegranate juice works extremely well with the fresh lime juice, and is a real palate pleaser.  As with all margaritas, using a good tequila will substantially increase the taste and enjoyment.

The lovely red color of this pomegranate margarita makes it a great, go-to cocktail option for the upcoming holiday season.  For large gatherings or parties, you can prepare pitchers in-advance–just remember to add the ice later.  Garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds and something seasonal to kick it up your presentation a notch.

Pomegranate-Lime Margarita

October 27, 2017
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: 10 min
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: 10 min
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Ingredients
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec)
  • 2 ounces pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • coarse salt, for garnish (optional)
  • pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 Place a good amount of salt on a small plate. Use a lime wedge to wet the rim of a lowball glass. Dip the glass in salt to coat. Fill the glass halfway with some crushed ice and set aside.
  • Step 2 Using a cocktail shaker, add a good amount of ice. Add the tequila, Grand Marnier (or Triple Sec), pomegranate juice, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously to incorporate.
  • Step 3 Pour the tequila mixture into the prepared glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few pomegranate seeds.

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